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[nahyt-hoo d] /ˈnaɪt hʊd/

the rank or dignity of a knight:
to confer knighthood upon him.
the profession or vocation of a knight.
knightly character or qualities.
the body of knights.
the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
the qualities of a knight; knightliness
knights collectively

Old English cnihthad “the period between childhood and manhood;” see knight (n.) + -hood. Sense of “rank or dignity of a knight” is from c.1300, and probably is an independent formation.


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